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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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2,698 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,698
Hads: 7,431
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,240 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of MattyDTD
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Fruity, tart and looks amazing in the glass. Fruitiness includes; Citrus and Banana. Very well carbonated. A special beer, perfect for relaxing whilst watching sport or wth friends.

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Photo of stephenipa
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Pours so well, nice foamy head, carbination is out of this worls, just love watching the bubbles eminate within the light body. One of the best beers I have tasted.

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Photo of backwoodsbarstard
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dive bar, Amsterdam, drunk football hooligan won't go away and getting menacing. Suddenly it's sweetness, butterscotch and then a touch of citrus. It's good, it's really good. It's my first Duvel and I'm an instant fan. Can you be a beer hooligan, stupid question.

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Photo of Islandrunner
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One word: Amazing
Beautiful golden color and nice head, with a foam that last to the last sip.
Fruity citrus smell, light but recognizable Belgian yeast aroma.
Perfectly balance sweet fruity, warming alcohol and a bitter very slight sour after taste.
Easy drinking, crisp and refreshing. Definitely one of the best beers out there.

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Photo of taters21
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a massive 4 finger foam head that just stays forever.
Smell: Citrus, some hops, yeast, and booze.
Taste: Surprisingly light, malty, citrus, some hop, and yeast, with a very dry finish, and high carbonation. (The champagne of beers, people)
Overall: Light yet savory and refreshing, a Belgian masterpiece.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a big two finger fluffy white head that lasts. Aroma is very citric and yeasty. Taste is boozy(not a bad thing in this beer), hay like and yeasty, with a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel feel light-medium and very carbonated. Overall a very interesting beer that drinks easy but is easy to savour. I can see why it is held in such high esteem.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Looks very clear and pale, nice thick head.
S: Smells very light hoppy and citric
T: Tastes very alcoholic, you don´t expect that from a safe looking beer, it´s very good.
B: Medium body, high carbonated.
O: Very good beer, not what I usually look for but it´s great.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one'a these that my brother brought up with him last night whilst watching the colts (unfortunately) get beat by the patriots!
Good beer,bad game...would rather spend the whole night out in the cold, pulling sludge at a waste water plant than see a game like that one again...the beer i will be revisiting sometime soon....the game,i would like erased from my memory banks forever.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Woah, this is a very good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I never gave it the chance because I thought it would be significantly less refreshing and never was too keen on the bottle shape. I could not be more incorrect. Refreshing, carbonated and perfectly balanced into a magnificent ale that bursts with flavors. The drinkability is phenomenal, and the alcohol is masked perfectly. Pretty good price too, I will absolutely be picking up more of this when I run out.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant straw color. Extra foamy persistent head, like a cloud that you could eat with a spoon. Incredibly well balanced aromas and flavors of grains and herbal hops, blended with a perfect fruity lemony sensation and a touch of spices.

The only drawback I have is a slight dry taste of alcohol at the end. Very nice slick roundness with a pleasant zesty feeling. Excellent aftertaste with great balance between sweetness and bitterness, intensity and length.

I can easily see why the Duvel is enjoyed by so many for its remarkable balance and craft. One of the best pale ale ever tasted.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an interesting lime gold, is extremely heady, easy 3 finger head with whispy lacing. Head is very solid like a Snow White hockey puck.
S - Hops, pilsner, lime, alcohol and sweetness.
T - Slight hops with a bit of a pilsner taste, strong on the alcohol with an interestingly enough tequila wang. Limey, very interesting and delicious.
O - A one of a kind beer, will be a repeat buyer.
V - Quite expensive at 15 dollars a four pack.

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Photo of schematix
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with the bros: 5/5. Perhaps the best beer ever made.

Heavy on the alcohol, yet light, yet satisfying. An unlikely contradiction that is so true you have to taste it. Simple ingredients with deep complexity. Epic head. If poured correctly, the last sip of beer will be all foam. And it'll get you buzzed in a hurry.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Beautiful, crystal clear yellow color. Super frothy, and dense head. Great retention.

Smell - Bananas and bubblegum with bready, toasty malt undertones.

Taste - Bready, a little tart, very slight citrus, biscuity.

Feel - Very carbonated, but no burning sensation. Very crisp and slightly chewy. Very light-bodied.

Overall - Incredibly well crafted beer. The fact that it is 8.5%, but drinks like a session ale is awesome in and of itself. Delicious and beautiful. I would recommend this 100%.

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Photo of jcbw
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to rate as I have encountered problems recently. Two cases recently have each contained several bottles which were bad. You can tell them as soon as opened - they start to overflow the bottle, and are so over-carbonated you can barely get them into a glass. Taste is nasty too. Rest of bottles in case are fine. I would rate 5 if not for the bad ones.

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Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with billowing white head, settles slowly to a thick cap, thick lace down half of the glass. Smell: pear, orange peel, floral and lightly spicy with some background white grape sweetness. Nice but subdued. Taste: quite spicy, grassy and lightly herbal, soft sweet apple, pear, lemon rind. Velvety feel, finishing peppery and dry. Delicious. Best by 11/2016.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma comes across as latex-like with sweet, waxy honey, pear-like fruitiness, and a sour yeasty twang. It pours a massive, frothy, lumpy white head and a mostly clear, light gold body. The flavor is spicy with herbal/grassy bitterness, browning fruit, considerable alcohol, and some softening malty sweetness; the finish is dry and malty sweet. It is extremely carbonated with an intense bite; bubbly but crisp.

Crisp and frothy, spicy and bitter, and yet lightly sweet and fruity. The aroma isn't especially appealing, but overall it makes for a pleasurable drinking experience.

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Photo of woutervaneijk
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Duvel glass from the famous brown wide 330ml bottle. 7 euros (8,40 dollars) for 6 of these bottles in most Dutch supermarkets makes it quite a cheap option for such a special beer as well. Having too work your way through the entire glass in less than 45 minutes is actually quite an exercise as it turns out, as the beer is pretty heavy I must say, at 8,5% ABV.

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Photo of alicemcneil
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top notch, world class beer; as close to perfection as you can get. Light, fresh, with ample carbonation and a pleasant taste. The 8.5% ABV is undetectable.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured unhurriedly into my duvel tulip.

pours a nice yellow gold with a thick white head, looks great in the duvel glass.

smells like pilsners/pale lagers but doesn't have that skunky sock essence. smells sweet but not overly strong.

taste is carbonated and like a pale lager but more complex, if that makes sense. clean, sweet hop bite.

goes down smooth, too smooth for 8.5%. so easy to drink this feels like a pilsner, in a good way! always a great drink, never had a bad Duvel. so light and fresh tasting, i don't believe it's 8.5%. such a great beer

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Photo of Nevbo
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Good hop/malt balance. Banana, lemon, and spicy taste and smell. Carbonation tickles the tongue. Hides the high ABV very well! I could drink these all night : )

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden amber colour that is simply a pleasure to look at. A huge foam head that had great retention and left some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell - Some sweet citrus orange and spice. Rather delicate and understated this beer smells fresh and inviting.

Taste - Sweet citrus malt flavour with a lovely amount of spice. This one is bang on for the style and delivers exactly what you expect and delivers it well.

MF - Creamy with good body and a perfect balance between dry and cloying there is a linger in the mouth feel but it is mild and not over powering.

Overall - looks goo, smells good and tastes wonderful. This beer is a fine example of the style and one I recommend everyone to try once in their life.

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Photo of DaverCS
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330mL bottle poured into a Belgian glass.

Appears to be a light golden-straw color. Ample carbonation streaming from the glass with an equally generous amount of fluffy white head.

Aroma is crisp yeast. You can tell this beer will be dry and yeasty. Slight notes of grain. The yeast is obviously present and quite complex!

Taste is absolutely spectacular. This is my go to beer. In my opinion, I wouldn’t change anything about this beer. Immediately when the beer kisses your lips the carbonation grabs you and keeps you the entire sip. The beer is akin to a dry champagne with notes of yeast and light hopiness. Some nice notes of grains or wheat in the mid-palate. Really no malt to speak of. Very little hop bitterness, however, the bittering-hops that are present act to balance and add characteristic to the beer rather than being added in for the heck of it. This beer is incredibly smooth even at such a high ABV! It drinks like a 4% (be careful!). I LOVE Belgian beers, and I think this is the best example of a Belgian bottle conditioned beer. So crisp!

Overall, this is a perfect beer in my opinion. It pairs with any dish. Non-beer drinkers will love this beer as well as more veteran beer drinkers. If you are getting into beer, getting into Belgians, or just want to try an EXCELLENT beer look no further. This is why this beer receives a 100/100!!!

*** Add on 3/22/15***
I aged this beer for just over a year to see how it turned out. While very similar to the original, it has more yeastiness to the flavor and aroma. Almost a slight funk to it (not in a bad way). However, it doesn’t change enough to warrant the year of aging, but it was still fun to try!

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Photo of avwrite
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Decadent and fancy looking but not necessarily the top for me. Taste wise, it's a great belgian. Nice light color, enough carbonation but not too much, but taste was nothing to shout about for me. Great though for celebrations.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Light, cloudy yellow colour, probably the palest beer i've seen to date. Slight orange tint. Topped with a lumpy white two-finger head. Simply beautiful.

S- Soft spice, slight citrus (orange peel) character. Sweet malt backbone.

T- Extremely soft citrus and slightly spicy in nature. Yeasty notes in the background with a little hint of pilsner-like malt.

M- Aggressive carbonation. Definitely more carbonation than I was expecting but I suppose the notation of 'bottle conditioned' makes up for that. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

O- I can easily say that Duvel is one of the best beers that i've tried. It's not only a great looking beer, but it is a pleasure to the nose and palate. Two thumbs up. Totally recommend that anyone who comes across Duvel to try it.

Post Bottle Note: This beer is deceptively strong. Tread carefully, beer bros.

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Photo of Elleyo9
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Great Belgian ale. Lovely strong citrus, pear and lemon flavour packs a punch. Light golden to the eye with a lovely fluffy cloud like head. Great with battered fish, light pasta dish or a rare steak

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,698 ratings.